Traveling With Children

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Traveling with Children

TSA is required to screen everyone, regardless of age (even babies), before they can go through the security checkpoint.<br>

TSA will not ask you to do anything that will separate you from your child or children. Security Officers are specially trained and they understand your concern for your children. They will approach your children gently and treat them with respect. If your child becomes uncomfortable or upset, security officers will consult you about the best way to relieve your child's concern. NEVER leave babies in an infant carrier while it goes through the X-ray machine.

The Screening Process

At the X-Ray All carry-on baggage, including children's bags and items, must go through the X-ray machine. Examples include: diaper bags, blankets, and toys.<br> All child-related equipment that will fit through the X-ray machine must go through the X-ray machine. Examples include: strollers, umbrella-strollers, baby carriers, car and booster seats, backpacks, and baby slings.<br> When you arrive at the checkpoint, collapse or fold your child-related equipment. Secure items that are in the pockets, baskets, or attached to the equipment and place it on the X-ray belt for inspection. Plastic bins are provided to deposit such items.<br> If any of your child-related equipment does not fit through the X-ray machine, security officers will visually and physically inspect it.<br> Ask a Security Officer for help gathering your bags and child-related equipment, if you need it.

The Walk-Through Metal Detector If your child can walk without your assistance, TSA recommends that you and your child walk through the metal detector separately. If you are carrying your child through the metal detector and the alarm sounds, our Security Officer will have to additionally screen both you and your child.<br> Remove babies and children from their strollers or infant carriers so that our Security Officers can screen them individually.<br> You may not pass the child to another person behind you or in front of you during this process.<br> Do not pass your child to a Security Officer to hold.<br> Security Officers may ask for your help screening your child.<br>

Travel Tips

Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. Click here to learn more about liquid rules for carry-ons<br> All items including formula, breast milk, and juice will be inspected, however, you or your infant or toddler will not be asked to test or taste breast milk, formula, or juice. Security Officers may test liquid exemptions (exempt items more than 3 ounces) for explosives. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three ounces or smaller.<br> All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.<br> Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.

Make sure you understand what you can and cannot bring aboard your flight. Click hear to learn more about what can be packed in carry-on baggage. You should only carry on the liquids and gels needed for you and your infant/toddler’s immediate comfort. You should pack larger volumes needed for your trip in your checked bag.<br>

Baby formula, Breast milk, Juice, and Other Liquids

Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. Click here to learn more about liquid rules for carry-ons<br> All items including formula, breast milk, and juice will be inspected, however, you or your infant or toddler will not be asked to test or taste breast milk, formula, or juice. Our Security Officers may test liquid exemptions (exempt items more than 3 ounces) for explosives.